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Tuesday 19, Mar 2013

  Blame Swimmers Not Coaches For London Flop, says Nick D’Arcy

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Blame Swimmers Not Coaches For London Flop, says Nick D’Arcy

Controversial 25-year-old Nick D’Arcy believes his fellow swimmers have to take responsibility for the disappointing show of Australia in the London Olympic pool last year rather than blaming coaches and team management.

D’Arcy, who swam well outside his personal best to crash out of the 200 meters butterfly in the semi-finals in London, remarked the review of team culture released on Tuesday was deliberately inflammatory. According to the Bluestone review, team management had failed to prevent a “toxic culture” from developing in the swimming squad that produced the worst Olympic results by Australia in 20 years.

It was disclosed by the review that the abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol and flouting of curfews and bullying had gone unchecked and contributed to the under-performance.

D’Arcy added some of the things outlined there were designed to be more inflammatory than anything else and also went on to say he thinks we are just trying to look for excuses and trying to pass the buck. The swimmer added he certainly didn’t perform the way he would have liked to and takes full personal responsibility for that.

Meanwhile, Swimming Australia has appointed a panel to investigate allegations of drunkenness, misuse of prescription drugs, breaching curfews, deceit and bullying by members of the London Olympic team. In a news release, Swimming Australia president Barclay Nettlefold said we have to investigate these allegations and deal with them appropriately by putting in place the right framework to establish the right culture. Nettlefold added he will be encouraging the panel to look at each allegation and we want to stop talking about rumors and act on the facts of what did or did not actually occur.

Swimming Australia remarked six members of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team had come forward to discuss a team bonding session at a training camp in Manchester before the Games. The squad (James Magnussen, Matt Targett, Eamon Sullivan, James Roberts, Cameron McEvoy, and Tommaso D’Orsogna) arrived in London confident of winning the gold, but ended up fourth in the final.

The panel, comprising former Australian Rugby Union chairman Peter McGrath and three members of the SA board, will start work on their investigations immediately.

An Independent Swimming Review into the high performance program at Swimming Australia commissioned by the Australian Sports Commission made 35 recommendations for improvements and alleged that some team members had been subjected to initiation rituals involving Stilnox – a sedative banned by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) just before the Games. The prescription drug Stilnox was banned by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) just before the 2012 Games and James Magnussen and his teammates from the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle relay squad who admitted to using the sedative now face sanctions from the governing body for breaching their Olympic team membership agreement. The six swimmers said in a statement read out at a news conference we stand here collectively to confirm that we did take part in a bonding exercise during which members of the relay team took Stilnox.

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Tuesday 10, Jul 2012

  Prescription drug abuse on the rise

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The adventurous bent for giving it all on the field may increase the risk of a player to abuse prescription drugs, according to specialists at a local summit of medical, coaching, and sports industry professionals.

Laurence Westreich, a drug abuse psychiatrist and consultant for Major League Baseball, said painkillers and stimulants used for controlling the symptoms of attention deficit disorders are increasingly being abused wile the world is all focused on the abuse of anabolic steroids.

Michael Harris, a pain specialist at the Andrews Institute and an orthopedic and sports medicine surgical center in Gulf Breeze, said athletes often are exposed to pain medications following acute injuries and physicians issuing prescriptions for more than two weeks at a time should be challenged for a more conservative approach.

Conference participant Barbara Morris, director of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute at the University of South Florida, said those issues are magnified in youth athletics.

Sunday 03, Jun 2012

  Con drug dealer make Google lose millions

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David Whitaker, a federal prisoner and convicted con artist, who posed as an agent for online drug dealers in dozens of recorded phone calls and email exchanges with Google sales executives to spend $200,000 in government money for advertisement selling narcotics, steroids, and other controlled substances has made Google lose millions.

Mr. Whitaker was the lead actor in a government sting that targeted Google Inc.

“There was a part of me that felt bad,” Mr. Whitaker wrote in his account of the undercover operation viewed by The Wall Street Journal. “I had grown to like these people.” But, he said, “I took ease in knowing they…knew it was wrong.”

Tuesday 03, Apr 2012

  Anabolic steroids and drugs seized in raid

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Police has seized more than 152 cannabis plants and a hoard of other drugs from two homes on the Central Coast.

A house on Turpentine Street, Wyoming was searched by the police and more than 152 cannabis plants, 13 kilograms of dried cannabis, a sum of cash, and a quantity of anabolic steroids were seized.

The man was refused bail and will appear in Gosford Local Court.

Saturday 28, Jan 2012

  Con artist that hurt Google

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David Whitaker posed as an agent for online drug dealers in dozens of recorded phone calls and email exchanges with Google sales executives. This was to spend $200,000 in government money for ads selling narcotics, steroids, and other controlled substances.

A federal prisoner and convicted con artist, Mr. Whitaker, was the lead actor in a government sting targeting Google Inc.

“There was a part of me that felt bad,” Mr. Whitaker wrote in his account of the undercover operation viewed by The Wall Street Journal. “I had grown to like these people.” But, he said, “I took ease in knowing they…knew it was wrong.”

Thursday 28, Apr 2011

  Search of Carneys Point home leads to mass seizure

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Search of Carneys Point home leads to mass seizureOfficials from the Woodstown Barracks of the New Jersey State Police have disclosed that a man was recently arrested after police gained entry into his residence and discovered various amounts of illegal and prescription drugs.

Police initiated a narcotics investigation in early February and obtained a search warrant for the residence of David Boucher, 23, of Forest Lane, according to Trooper Jason Bobo.

The NJSP TEAMS Unit, NJSP Canine Unit, Woodstown Criminal Information Office, Salem County Prosecutor’s Office, Carneys Point Police Department, NJSP Troop A Intelligence Office, and Woodstown state police personnel assisted in the arrest.

Saturday 22, Jan 2011

  Fadi Ibrahim cleared over steroid pills

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Fadi Ibrahim cleared over steroid pillsPolice recently raided mansion of Fadi Ibrahim to found steroids stashed in a kitchen cupboard, a bedroom, and a wardrobe.

The pint-sized brother of Kings Cross nightclub boss John Ibrahim escaped conviction for possessing the unprescribed drugs as police was unable to prove ownership or awareness of steroids in Ibrahim’s house.

Police Prosecutor Richard Taylor said it was reasonable to commence proceedings and continue with them.

Friday 07, Jan 2011

  Ibrahim escapes conviction for steroids

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Ibrahim escapes conviction for steroidsFadi Ibrahim, the younger brother of Kings Cross nightclub boss, John Ibrahim, has escaped a conviction for possessing steroids because police failed to check who the drugs belonged to.

Fadi faced Hornsby Local Court and was charged with nine counts of possessing steroids without a prescription.

Galloway remarked that the police had not done their duty properly and the court couldn’t rule out that the drugs belonged to Mr Kassoua, who was not charged.

Monday 11, Oct 2010

  Linda McMahon’s senate bid for the ultimate steroid test

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Linda McMahon's senate bid for the ultimate steroid testFans and media have engaged in an anguished debate about drugs in sports ever since Barry Bonds entered a San Francisco courthouse for testifying about the substances that had inflated his body and batting statistics.

The world of baseball is all full of speculations whether Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two of the best hitter and pitchers of their eras, will be excluded by the Hall of Fame voters due to evidence that they made use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

The fact that users of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs such as Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been considered good enough by the general public to be governors may offer respite to Linda McMahon to pursue her grand ambitions without worries.

Tuesday 29, Jun 2010

  More oversight of dietary products urged by study

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More oversight of dietary products urged by studyAccording to a government audit, more than half of all adults in the United States, or at least 14 million people, make use of dietary supplements like herbs, diet pills, vitamin pills, and energy drinks.

But the FDA doesn’t have enough control to ensure that these products are safe and more oversight power is required to put things in the right place.

The new report from the Federal Government Accountability Office acknowledged that the FDA had indeed taken some steps in the past few years for supervising the supplement industry more closely, but those steps didn’t go far enough.

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